Global - Mobile - 3G - Standards (Archived)


A review is given of the technologies available and being developed for transmitting 3G mobile services. These range from WCDMA, cdma2000, TD-SCDMA, TDMA-EDGE, Multimedia Environment for Mobiles (MEMO), Multimedia Mobile Access Communication (MMAC), and wireless in-house communication. A brief history and evaluation is given for each of these technologies. There is also a discussion on progress towards 4th and 5th generation technologies. For more recent information, see the reports in the Telecommunications Technologies Library section.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Historic overview
  • 3. International mobile telecommunications 2000 (IMT-2000)
    • 3.1 3G systems
    • 3.2 IMT-2000 complex cell structures
      • 3.2.1 Ericsson –Qualcomm battles
      • 3.2.2 Key characteristics
      • 3.2.3 Satellite issues
      • 3.2.4 Key advantages
    • 3.3 IMT and beyond
  • 4. Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA)
  • 5. cdma2000
  • 6. TDMA-EDGE
  • 7. Multimedia Environment for Mobiles (MEMO)
    • 7.1 TD-SCDMA
      • 7.1.1 Chinese mobile radio 3G standard
      • 7.1.2 Smart antennae
  • 8. Multimedia Mobile Access Communication
    • 8.1 Wireless in-house communication
  • 9. Fourth and fifth generation plans
    • 9.1 Japanese R&D
    • 9.2 Asian initiatives
    • 9.3 Super 3G
  • 10. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – The third generation systems
  • Exhibit 2 – Cell structures for third Generation mobiles
  • Exhibit 2 – TD-SCDMA benefits
  • Exhibit 3 – TD-SCDMA advantages to the mobile network operator

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)

Number of pages 10

Status Archived

Last updated 23 Jan 2005
Update History

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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